LAKELAND, Fla. - Newcomers Robert Streb, Joe Kinney and Jay Kramer lead the way for the Kansas State men's golf team as it jumped up two spots to finish sixth at the Matlock Collegiate on Tuesday. After carding two rounds of 300-plus golf on Monday, the Wildcats fired a third-round score of 298 to finish at 46-over 910. Host school Florida Southern defended its title by carding a 27-over 891, finishing two strokes ahead of West Florida.
Although the Wildcats didn't do as well as they expected in the tournament, head coach Tim Norris was pleased to be back in action and is hopeful to improve during the rest of the spring.
"We through a lot away yesterday, so we had a long ways to go today," Norris said. "It was good to get this first one under our belts. It's now time to settle in and build confidence for the rest of the season."
Florida Southern's top golfer, Greg Koch, not only helped to defend his team title, but also defended his individual title by firing a one-under 215. Koch was the only golfer to shoot below par for the tournament.
Freshman Robert Streb led the way for Kansas State by firing a three-over 219 (72-75-72) to tie for second with Missouri's Ben Scott. It was only his third-best gross score for a tournament this year, but the second-place tie was his best placing of the season.
"Robert worked awfully hard during the fall season, as well as during the time off," said Norris. "His hard work is now starting to pay off. Hopefully he can keep it going throughout the spring."
Another freshman, Joe Kinney, stepped up his game, tying for 35 with teammate Jay Kramer at 14-over 230. The three-round total of 230 tied for Kramer's best outing this season, while both newcomers set career bests in placing.
K-State will be back in action at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate, Feb. 27-28, in Hilton Head, S.C.
Matlock Collegiate Classic
Grasslands Golf and Country Club
Par: 72; Yardage: 7,065
Team Scores: 1. Florida Southern, 288-300-303-891 (+27); 2. West Florida, 290-309-294-893 (+29); 3. Lynn, 306-292-296-894 (+30); 4. Missouri, 299-306-293-898 (+34); 5. Florida Gulf Coast, 297-309-300-906 (+42); 6. Kansas State, 305-307-298-910 (+46); 7. Rollins, 307-302-302-911 (+47); T8. Old Dominion 309-305-300-914 (+50); T8. Francis Marion, 298-303-303-914 (+50); 10. Barry, 306-311-298-915 (+51); T11. Georgia Coll. & St., 306-308-305-919 (+55); T11. Tenn.-Chattanooga, 302-315-302-919 (+55); T13. 14. Valdosta State, 309-314-303-926 (+62); T13. Delta State, 307-320-299-926 (+62); 15. Nova Southeastern, 309-313-306-928 (+64).
Top Individuals: 1. Greg Koch, Florida Southern, 69-72-74-215 (-1); T2. Robert Streb, Kansas State, 72-75-72-219 (+3); T2. Ben Scott, Missouri, 75-75-69-219 (+3); 4. Kyle Hammond, Florida Gulf Coast, 73-76-72-221 (+5); T5. Luke Hart, Francis Marion, 72-79-71-222 (+6); T5. Will Grace, West Florida, 70-78-74-222 (+6).
K-State Individuals: T35. Joe Kinney, 78-77-75-230 (+14); T35. Jay Kramer, 78-78-74-230 (+14); T39. Tyler Cummins, 77-77-77-231 (+15); T62. Kyle Yonke, 78-79-80-237 (+21).